In each of the last three NFL drafts, the Falcons have selected a player from the University of Georgia.
In 2006, quarterback D.J. Shockley was selected in the seventh round with the 223rd pick overall.
In 2007, tight end Martrez Milner was selected in the fourth round with the 133rd pick overall.
Last season, running back Thomas Brown was selected in the sixth round with the 172nd overall pick.
Before Shockley was picked, the franchise has stayed away from Georgia players for more than 10 years. They had taken Mitch Davis in the fourth round (118 overall) of the 1994 draft.
The Falcons brain trust will descend on Athens tomorrow for Georgia’s pro day.
Much of the fuss will be over quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock is set visit. ESPN and Scouts Inc.’s Todd McShay is also set to visit. Our buddy Steve Wyche from NFL.Com is coming too.
With two legitimate first round picks, all 32 teams in the NFL will be represented.
The Falcons will not be in the hunt Stafford or Moreno, who figure to be long gone by the 24th pick.
However, there are some other Bulldogs who might entice general manger Thomas Dimitroff and the rest of the personnel department.
Cornerback Asher Allen, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, defensive tackle Corvey Irvin, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, fullback Brannan Southerland and defensive end Jarious Wynn all participated in the NFL scouting combine and will get a chance to improve their workouts at the Pro Day.
Which Bulldog do you see the Falcons taking? (I think Southerland might be able to help in short yardage situations). Which Bulldog do they need to take? (Allen is a corner. They need a corner). Or do they need to go back to the old days and say away from the Bulldogs?